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    Really weird Sommers Amber and Meerschaum Horse Hoof Pipe

    Pictured is my new 'strangest' pipe, just arrived today. It's a meerschaum shank with an amber stem and bowl - I've never seen an amber bowl on a pipe. It's also got a metal horse-shoe rim. I never understood why anyone made these horse-hoof pipes, any more than the ones with a hand with a cuff holding an egg - not a claw, but a human hand (my only other Sommers pipe is a beautiful briar claw and egg). If you look at the old 1900-1920 catalog pipe pages, you'll find amazingly weird designs that were consistent for decades.

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    Very interesting pipe, Scott, congrats! I've never seen one like that before.
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    I believe Sommer was best-known for carving high-quality briar figurals - same quality and exact designs of the ones Dunhill sold, leading some to believe that Sommers provided such pipes to Dunhill. But I may be mis-remembering the facts.

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    Really nice pipe You have there!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    Very interesting pipe, Scott, congrats! I've never seen one like that before.
    If you google 'Horse Hoof Meerschaum Pipe' you'll find loads of examples - several by J. Sommer. But I only saw one with an amber bowl.

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    Amber bowl? Wonder if that's a cigar/cheroot pipe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Amber bowl? Wonder if that's a cigar/cheroot pipe?
    You could have a very good point there Simon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Amber bowl? Wonder if that's a cigar/cheroot pipe?

    My bad - yes, almost certainly. Most of the others of this design were much larger with full meerschaum stummels.
    Last edited by JustScott; 04-01-2021 at 17:48.

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    It confused me at first because it didn't have the meerschaum 'holder', or room for one in the case. Here's an example that also has an amber bowl, but has the cheroot holder and room for it in its case:

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